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Students at Canton, Norwood-Norwood and Brasher Falls school districts plan honor those killed in the massacre at the Parkland high school earlier this year through walk outs March 14. ‘The general consensus is that schools should preserve and protect students rights to free speech and peaceful assembly, while maintaining decorum and keeping everyone safe,’ said Rebekah Grim, manager of communications and print services at St. Lawrence-Lewis BOCES.

Do you support student walk outs related to the massacre?

59.1% -- No

40.9% -- Yes

Total Responses: 91

Comments: 32

Here are your comments.

Kids need to be in school and stop wasting the tax payers’ money

March 19 10:03 a.m.

Yes and no, it's great to honor the victims but as to group assemblage, it opens up an opportunity for some "crazy" to lie in wait for more vengeance. Keep working on the corrupt law makers for gun control who are "paid off" by the NFL to do nothing.

March 19 9:59 a.m.

I think students supporting a cause by walking out is more productive than skipping school, or getting into trouble in school. Let them become advocates at an early age, and they will stand up for their beliefs later in life.

March 19 9:20 a.m.

Accomplishs nothing. Wastes time when they should be in class. A big waste of time.

March 19 8:38 a.m.

Children should not be used as political props.

March 19 7:06 a.m.

It’s all political and liberals are behind it all.

March 19 6:10 a.m.

Want to keep people safe? Quit texting while driving and quit eating Tide Pods. Impeach Trump.

March 19 3:13 a.m.

An excuse to skip class. Demonstrate after school hours instead to show that you are sincere. All show and no go.

March 18 9:53 p.m.

Now the kids are used as puppets of the anti-gun crowd. Too bad the laws in place weren't followed and people didn't pay attention to what the killer at Parkland was up to.

March 18 9:47 p.m.

Hilter also wanted gun control but let’s not teach that to these entitled kids. Good job teachers.

March 18 9:40 p.m.

As long as the students know what the walk outs are for... a lot of them don’t.

March 18 7:25 p.m.

Are we that overrun with Democrats in this area?

March 18 5:27 p.m.

I feel that the schools should set up an assembly in which the students should be given the opportunity to honor those slain in prior school shootings. A "question and answer" session could be included in which opinions could be respectfully expressed. These high school students are not yet adults in my opinion and shouldn't be allowed to "walk out of class" unless it is an emergency situation. Our society has become a reflection of our permissiveness as students have been allowed to assume the trappings of adulthood without the responsibilities thereof.

March 18 3:54 p.m.

Absolutely. Someone has to stand up for the situation and it is obviously not our representatives.

March 18 9:58 a.m.

If the students feel that strongly about ending their Second Amendment freedom, do it on a weekend, not a school day. These kids are too immature and I'm sure many of them are not aware of the old advise, "be careful what you ask for"

March 18 8:44 a.m.

Guns have been around forever, including "assault" rifles, and they were much easier to acquire years ago than today. But there were no mass school shootings 20, 30, 40 years ago. Why? Because students back then had more respect for others, and parents acted like parents and disciplined their kids. What's the common theme in these shootings? BULLYING! Kids who are "different" are bullied or harassed to the point of snapping and if they don't commit suicide they take revenge on those who've made their lives unbearable. Ask these kids what laws need to change and they don't even know what laws exist now.

March 18 8:40 a.m.

99.9% of those kids have no idea what any of the current laws even are. Why are you protesting?? Would lead to some really stupid answers.

March 18 8:02 a.m.

Who in their right mind would support this?

March 17 11:25 p.m.

Let’s blame President Trump I mean you do blame him for everything else that goes wrong in your life. No I do not support this idiotic idea.

March 17 10:24 p.m.

Teachers shouldn’t be allowed to force this on kids. Stupid.

March 17 10:21 p.m.

YES, I support them. It'd be nice if the staff could join them but I do understand they have a workload already that is considerable longer than the "school day." I particularly like the ones where they walk out for 17 minutes and congregate on the outdoor field, whatever, or in front of the school, and hold a moment of silence as all 17 names and a mention of the injured are read aloud. Our kids are our future and if it's done respectfully and in support of the "17," then I appreciate their statements and hope it grants true, real and tangible changes for outlawing assault weapons of any kind in this country!

March 17 7:56 p.m.

Yes, there does not seem anything being done, if Congress got attacked repeatedly like that it would be different I bet.

March 17 7:31 p.m.

Nineteen people killed per year in mass shootings, 22 people killed a year by cows, where is the common sense bovine control?! And who really needs to own more than one cow, a kid could walk into a farm and buy a cow right now with no background checks #CowControlNow.

March 17 3:32 p.m.

Our children have a voice and it is their right to express their feelings in a civil way. Good for them!

March 17 3:25 p.m.

Thank you Clinton for Columbine. Thank you Obama for the most mass murders in US history. Thank you Trump for trying to fix this country even with the constant bad mouthing and bullying that you get. Not all of us are against you. Democrats only know how to cry and pout until they get their way. (Because we all know everyone Democrat is perfect.) The same that they are teaching the kids, entitlement. They can do and did whatever they wanted and we still elected you. We the people! We wanted change! We wanted you! Some of us are sane and rational and want our children safe! We actually understand what it is going to take to keep our children safe and that is not gun control.

March 17 3:23 p.m.

We pay teachers to teach! So while you’re on the clock do your job and teach! Teachers are so entitled nowadays. Pathetic that you’re teaching children. Fire them all and start over.

March 17 3:10 p.m.

It just opens the door for students to walk out over anything that they want after that. This wasn't likely a student body idea, more like some adults using students to promote their idea. Saranac Lake kept it classy -- 17 empty chairs lined up by the street. I'm sure it was just an excuse to skip class for most.

March 17 11:57 a.m.

Yes, but the walk-outs won’t work. Vote-outs are what’s truly needed.

March 17 11:49 a.m.

Walk out because of the massacre absolutely but I don't believe they are genuine. They view it as "why not," it gets us out of class and it's something different from our routine. Also no one wants to be the one who didn't join in it's the bully factor. Kids don't want to be singled out and bullied for what would be previewed as not being in favor of group think.

March 17 11:47 a.m.

The community members who aren't supportive, are also the ones who have an inability to truly listen or see what else took place. Like how the schools choose to handle the walk-out... Elementary students are far to young to be included! Yet, without hesitation they were used in this “protest” by the school. Where's the outrage over that?

March 17 10:57 a.m.

Students have always fought for their future. Not listening to them this time out of hand is killing them.

March 17 9:08 a.m.

The students are trying to have the government make changes when it comes to gun control. Automatic assault weapons should be banned. But there is something else students can do... notice the student who sits alone and become friends with them, stop students being bullied. No one is better than the next person.

March 17 9:02 a.m.

It is their right 1A, just as it is my right to bear arms 2A.

March 17 8:20 a.m.


March 17 6:07 a.m.

If you think this protest is okay you need help. Serious mental help.

March 17 2:44 a.m.

The NRA has been allowed to short-circuit our democracy through payoffs to politicians, funded by deceiving reasonable people into thinking that any limits on the availability of weapons of war somehow imply that all firearms for hunting or self-defense will be at risk. It's a paranoid fantasy that would be absurd, except for the fact that it's resulted in not only the corruption of our democracy but also the normalization of mass murder in our schools. There is no other society in the world that allows this, and many other robust democracies with sensible gun regulations that allow responsible ownership without the carnage. We can only hope that the courage of young people will finally challenge those who profit from the insane notion that our national bloodbath resulting from the ready availability weapons designed solely for mass killing can somehow be solved by even more guns. Our 2nd amendment rights, intended to guarantee only the ability of "well-regulated militias" to keep public order, do not justify the epidemic of murder of children in our schools. Those who would pervert the Constitution to allow this to continue are at best delusional or badly misled, at worst the most venal traitors to our nation's interest and basic morality. Those who walked out are the true patriots, may they continue to fight on.

March 16 11:14 p.m.

These kids are the future. Instead of being apathetic, they are finding their voice and it is loud and clear -- they don’t feel safe in school. No child should have to wonder if this is the day they get shot in a place that is supposed to be safe. I applaud them for becoming involved — they are showing more guts than the politicians. They are letting the politicians know that they will soon be able to vote and they no longer want to be sitting ducks. I finally see some hope in the future!

March 16 9:57 p.m.

Hey, stupid. Why don’t we make a public announcement as to where there will be a lot of students standing together in a crowd outside just waiting for some crazy, murderous nut to shoot them at will, like ducks in a barrel. And now another announcement for another “event.” How brilliant is this?

March 16 7:53 p.m.

Canton school you’re a hypocrite. Massena school you’re also a hypocrite. You FORCE children to protest guns now you want an armed officer. Protect the children with an armed officer ABSOLUTELY! Force gun control down children’s throats UNACCEPTABLE!

March 16 7:34 p.m.

A total joke, they don't know what they are doing once the dems and liars took over this it turned into guns and take away our rights, Planned Parenthood kills more people than any other group get real

March 16 5:35 p.m.

I feel they are making a statement. If I were a student in school today, I think I would be very concerned about my safety. This shooter apparently had some major issues and nothing was done about it. How did he manage to get a gun? The first time he was visited by police, he should have been put on some type of a record and not allowed to get a gun. These people with issues like that can't be trusted and therefore should not be allowed to have guns. The family that had him in their home knew he had guns... what was wrong with their minds. Banning the sale of guns will not stop the crazies. I don't see the need for anyone owning an assault rifle to begin with... the crazies seem to be the ones to get them. I don't know what the answer is but it needs to be addressed.

March 16 4:51 p.m.

I do not support the walk outs by the students. I support working with the students to stop the bullying and to accept others. Stricter gun laws are not going to stop the bullying that leads to the shootings. Schools should be receiving funding to hire resource officers -- more than one -- in the schools. Give the students a safe person to go to and not have to worry about repercussions.

March 16 3:13 p.m.

My heart goes out for those involved. Walk outs are not the answer. Everyone blames guns. No one ever looks at the real problem, yet everyone wants someone to be the blame. Yes we need stronger laws as far as guns go, but in this day and age society has become their biggest problem. People need to stop making excuses. Our goverment is our biggest problem.

March 16 1:07 p.m.

How many would show up if it was after school hours?

March 16 12:33 p.m.

As a strong and ardent supporter of OUR Second Amendment, I am just as strong a supporter of OUR First Amendment. Notice how that Second Amendment right is tucked right in after the First Amendment? However it is not a secret there are entities that are pushing for the unilateral disarmament of the American People, and one must ask why? Unfortunately these “Children” are being weaponized as a form of gun control in itself. I would have had more respect for the so-called protest had it been not on a school day. It was highly irresponsible of the schools to allow this on a school day when we the taxpayers are footing the bill, as there are many parents footing the bill that adamantly oppose gun control in it’s many forms. Could you imagine how the Pro-Death Abortionists would have reacted if the school had sanctioned a Pro-Life protest on school property on school time. A thousand more laws will not stop these massacres, a thousand more laws will only disarm law abiding citizens creating more helpless victims. Another area to have a conversation is Psychotropic drugs…it is a fact most if not all mass shooters are being prescribed psychotropic drugs…how about we dig deeper into that issue? It is no coincidence that in the last twenty years more and more children at younger ages are being prescribed these deadly drugs, not to mention many of these children are being bombarded by violent videogames and movies totally desensitizing them to graphic violence and death…how about a conversation about those issues? But no a certain segment of society is focusing on the banning firearms. How about raising the age of the driving privilege to 21 years of age…it is a well known fact that kids, cars, and cell phones/texting are a deadly combination. Can you imagine the outcry if we banned children from the PRIVILEDGE (not a constitutional right) driving? Look at these statistics to prove we should ban children from driving a 2-3000 lb weapons… Just some common sense issues to think about when a certain group of people are working hard to dismantle your constitutional rights.

March 16 12:21 p.m.

Most students do not understand what the walkout is for. They are simply taking part due to peer pressure. Ask them what they expect to acheive and they may say they want to change gun laws, ask them what laws and they can’t answer that question.

March 16 11:54 a.m.

Absolutely, what a wonderful jesture.

March 16 11:13 a.m.

Children should be paid attention to but they don't have any special wisdom. They're immature by nature, unworldly because of lack of experience, and unable to make adult decisions. These abilities come with living and time. Of course not all adults have learned to be adult -- responsible and thinking.

March 16 11:05 a.m.

Not only NO, but H---L NO!

March 16 10:55 a.m.

Absolutely... something needs to be done to demonstrate to Washington and Albany that change is demanded and whatever needs to be done is so very much warranted as the previous 3 decades of generations simply “straddled on the fence" on major issues. It's time to clean or modify the slate!

March 16 10:44 a.m.

I could see a moment of silence inside of the schools. So who checked all of these students when they came back in the school for weapons or anything else. My daughter is a high honor student at Canton and doesn't miss a day of school and she felt tremendous pressure because she didn't want to participate, where does it end, students walk out whenever they want there's rules for a reason.

March 16 10:31 a.m.

Honoring those killed can be done with a short assembly IN the school. This should not be politicised to push for gun control.

March 16 10:19 a.m.

Absolutely! I think it needs to coincide with lessons in school and at home about safety, government, gun safety, mental health, and the NRA. Be factual and let them make their own decisions so when they are of enlistment and voting age, they can make their own educated decisions.

March 16 9:37 a.m.

This country needs to turn back to God and it's Judaeo-Christian roots. Then then this nonsense will stop eventually.

March 16 9:18 a.m.

I applaud our youth for their peaceful protest, when our president would rather protect the economic development of the NRA than our children.

March 16 8:17 a.m.

Now the next step, the walk up movement.

March 16 7:55 a.m.

From a former Democrat: You are children, you are not entitled, you do not make the laws, you cannot use your first amendment rights to take away someone else’s. Stay in school and learn. Teachers do your job and teach, you get paid plenty of money for it.

March 16 7:18 a.m.

Teachers disgust me.

March 16 7:11 a.m.

I prefer the student deal with the bullying and ostrichization by reaching out to those students. They know who they are and by whom they’re bullied.

March 16 6:59 a.m.

I have just lost so much respect for teachers and administration.

March 16 6:48 a.m.

I just read the article where during the protest the kids stomped on cars and also were stomping on the American flag. This is what you’re teaching kids? Disgraceful! Kids are entitled to an education they are not entitled to changing laws and thinking the rule the world. And you wonder why Trump got elected. Idiots.

March 16 6:47 a.m.

Let’s listen to NCPR all day and force our beliefs on children cause we have nothing better to do.

March 16 6:41 a.m.

Canton did the walk out. Never send your kids to a liberal/democratic school such as Canton.

March 16 6:39 a.m.

Children do not make the laws and the fact that adults are pushing children to get these kids to protest is ridiculous. People are anti-law enforcement now and unfortunately I’m becoming anti teachers. You’re paid to teach kids not to force your theories down their throats.

March 16 6:38 a.m.

I know for a fact that there is Democrat teachers forcing these kids at Canton to do this protest and those teachers should be fired. You should be ashamed Canton Central.

March 16 6:34 a.m.


March 16 6:31 a.m.

The constitution isn't al la carte, support the 1st amendment just as strong as you support the 2nd amendment.

March 16 12:18 a.m.

Ya let’s let kids decide to take always our rights. The same kids that can’t handle losing. It’s why everyone wins now.

March 15 10:27 p.m.

Yes we need change! We need safety for our children! We do not need more gun control! We need to teach our children to love and to be kind to one another. When I grew-up (which wasn’t that long ago) we did not have mass shootings. We also did not have the bullying like it is today. Kids today are mean! Mass shootings, drug epidemic, high suicide rates for younger people. Let’s fix that! Guns do not cause problems. Guns do not kill people! People kill people! Stop preaching gun control. Guns have always been around, mass shootings have not. Put two and two together. Bring in things to make school safer. I personally know several teachers (city & rural) who are not opposed to arming themselves or their coworkers. It’s for safety, why do Democrats not see that?

March 15 9:09 p.m.

They’re in high school a place if learning, debate, ideas in school. Learn peaceful protest for future rights. Some kids don't even know what their talking about, just following along to get out of classes. Stay in class and study. That will change the future.

March 15 8:40 p.m.

Time to teach them to be adults not led sheep.

March 15 6:20 p.m.

As long as it remains peaceful and they are not pushing anti gun legislation, which is unconstitutional.

March 15 4:41 p.m.

There is nothing safe about standing around outside in a group protesting. You're just a larger more defenseless soft target of opportunity! Its Anti-Terrorism 101 and thank God nothing happened to those who gathered to be heard. The American public to include schools please learn if the opportunity does not exist or the target appears to hard to attack then morons who attempt these shootings will give up. Or they will fail in the process trying. It honestly has little to do with guns its the opportunity itself. Given an opportunity and ill thoughts and anything becomes a weapon. McVeigh and Nichols killed 168 people and injured over 680. With a rented truck and items you could have bought at a garden store and a gas station. Why? Because they could back right up to the door. Think about it and don't present the opportunity.

March 15 4:18 p.m.

A better protest would be to attend class, unafraid and without cowardice towards terroristic actions and threats which occur in other areas of the country. The walkouts are a good opportunity for lazy teachers to text and play games on their phones however, and what kid doesn't like to get out of class for a bit. By setting up a protest which involves an attractive "get out of jail free" card as a carrot, we can expect a huge turnout whether the students are in support of the form of protest or not. Its compliance through bribery. Another great lesson from modern society, not. God help us if we are ever invaded by a foreign power. Maybe a better lesson would be an assembly to mourn for those slain and another one on gun safety and safe shooting techniques. And why not go one step further and start rifle teams at the schools that don’t have one and maybe even a yearly Project Appleseed shoot so kids can not be brainwashed into thinking a gun is a sentient nefarious entity bent on destruction and not just the simple tool that it is. Maybe we should also do what Israel does and make it mandatory that everyone serve a stitch in the military. Really, everyone should serve, and give back. And really 13 weeks of basic at Parris Island or Fort Hood without any smart phones would really do some of these pasty, flabulous entitled, metrosexual teens some good. And ultimately, it would teach them respect for themselves, each other and the country and maybe the ones who are bonkers to begin with that might commit a mass shooting would be caught in the system before they did any harm (something which often happens more than not, even though media reports are contrary to that). Either that or mandatory service in the Peace Corps or Ameri Corps, something to earn an understanding of something greater than themselves and give back to society. All in all a better protest would be to write letters to their congressional representative. Think of the learning opportunity, a lesson in English and letter writing coupled with a better understanding of the government process and even a little community organizing and grass roots mobilization… all without skipping class.

March 15 3:01 p.m.

What kind of idiots leave other kids vulnerable like this? Let's just invite a shooter to come along...

March 15 2:55 p.m.

It's a foolish waste of time and taxpayer money. Students walking out should be suspended. Teachers & staff encouraging this behavior should be terminated.

March 15 12:26 p.m.

Keep the kids in class... If they walk out suspend them!

March 15 12:20 p.m.

I support the 2nd amendment. These are the same kids eating tide-pods on facebook... so I don't support these attention seeking behaviors at all. I support the students who stayed in class and tried to learn through such a disruption.

March 15 11:53 a.m.

Someone has to get the higher ups to act on this and other issues!

March 15 11:27 a.m.

Our government only allows us to use three shots when shooting ducks but there is no limit for students. They should be very concerned.

March 15 11:16 a.m.

Other more positive methods could be taken. Here's a problem with today's society -- the kids are calling the shots.

March 15 11:14 a.m.

People are the problem not guns.

March 15 11:10 a.m.

Yes and no. I have no problem with the students expressing how they feel and what they would like to see happen. However, with all the crazy people in the world I think it is a bad idea to have students outside walking/protesting because it makes them easy targets for something bad to happen.

March 15 9:06 a.m.

These teachers are telling students it’s ok to use your first amendement rights to try to take away someone else’s 2nd amendment rights. Ooooooook! Maybe these teachers should be more concerned with mental illness and actually helping students. Never growing up did I have teachers so selfish. If you want more gun control go to Chicago and see how safe you are there. Couldn’t handle that eh teachers?

March 15 8:34 a.m.

Some school administrators were going to punish the students who walked out. Ridiculous!. They should be supported, not punished. Shame on those schools!

March 15 8:22 a.m.

Any protest should happen on their own time. They need to understand that if they protested at work then they would be let go. A disruption of class should be met with swift, consistent punishment.

March 15 8:17 a.m.

Doesn't accomplish anything except disrupting the school day.

March 15 7:49 a.m.

I do not wish to be so brash but: There is much more happening here than gun violence in our schools. Bulling is rampant. But ask yourself why is it happening. No, we don't ask that question. We try to build barriers. No one ask why, because we know the largest problem, is the deterioration of the family structure. Many like social media which is fine. How many times have we heard about stories that aren’t true, yet they run rampant on the Net. Young people are easily entertained if there is a troubled home life. We are looking in the wrong direction people!

March 15 6:40 a.m.

Ya put all of your kids in an unsafe position. You’re a special kind of Democrat aren’t you?

March 15 6:16 a.m.

We should never forget the students who were massacred.

March 15 6:07 a.m.

Arm the teacher that want to be trained properly trying to take guns from good people stupid.

March 15 1:18 a.m.

Not in favor of walk outs! They are in school to learn. Students are not the ones to dictate what governments should do.

March 15 12:03 a.m.

Maybe they can do what our government can't or won't.

March 14 9:04 p.m.

If the students were actually doing something to honor those killed then they should be protesting against those who didn't do their jobs to keep them safe. The Parkland school knew of the threat, the sheriff knew of the threat and the FBI knew about the threat. All three did nothing to stop it. If even just one did their job those people would still be alive. People should be demanding answers as to why the threat was not stopped.

March 14 7:02 p.m.

Please tell my why kids who don’t know what bathroom to use; eat laundry detergent; and who insist it’s their 1st Amendment right to protest want to change the law to take away my (law abiding adult citizen) gun rights. Democrats are creating so much hate and they can’t even see the problem with this. Children stay in school!

March 14 7:02 p.m.

It's a cop out... easy to do compared with connecting with hurting people... and yes, it is good to do this peacefully.

March 14 6:47 p.m.

Absurd idea. Let’s teach kids common sense instead. Democrats are and have been destroying this country since Obama was elected.

March 14 5:51 p.m.

I am proud of them!

March 14 5:07 p.m.

I 100 percent support it. What happened at Parkland should never happen again.

March 14 4:56 p.m.

The whole idea is to brain wash these kids on gun control and doing away with the Second Amendment. Why were they not told that schools and state need to get these mentally ill kids in a controlled environment where they would be monitored constantly. We need some accountability from the FBI and police department to remove the violent ones permanently from the schools.

March 14 2:43 p.m.

Definitely! I'm 65 and wish I could participate.

March 14 2:37 p.m.

School students no longer feel safe and secure in their schools. They should have the right to tell their legislators "enough is enough."

March 14 1:01 p.m.

Students cannot comprehend what this walkout is even regarding. They are under the misconception that removing guns makes them safer. They are just walking out of class for the sole reason of not having to attend class.

March 14 12:52 p.m.

I support their right to free speech and peaceful assembly. I believe students who truly want to make a difference will look at a "walk up" campaign. Walk up to those who need a smile, kind word and a friend. That's when we truly can make a difference and help to create a safer environment.

March 14 11:07 a.m.

I'm happy to see the students use their voices to bring attention to an issue that needs to be addressed. I support the 2nd amendment, but we need reasonable gun control.

March 14 10:18 a.m.

No, where were they after the Las Vegas shooting, the movie theater shooting, and the other school shootings? They were not "outraged" then, only now when they can get on TV. They will walk out, take selfies, post them online and then go home and play violent video games. Time would be better spent if they were given rules and consequences for not following rules and most importantly.....discipline.

March 14 10:11 a.m.

However the students should stage a peaceful sit-in inside of school or utilize a large area such as the auditorium.

March 14 10:08 a.m.

Schools should look at this as a learning opportunity. Teach students about peaceful demonstration and the part it plays in social change.

March 14 10:01 a.m.

The students have a right to express their free speech and peaceful assembly. At the end of the day, these walkouts do not accomplish anything with value. What is valuable is students realizing they can be the agents of change within the school by interacting with others they do not normally talk or spend time with outside their social groups. They can positively effect others through this interaction. I am not against their right to the walkout, I do believe there are more effective ways to accomplish what they seek and that is through interaction with those around them, especially the individuals that do not have as many friends.

March 14 10:00 a.m.

School days are for schooling. If the school is getting state aid the students should be in class. If the students want to honor the victims it can an should be done on there own time.

March 14 9:25 a.m.

I support the students holding a march but not a "walk out." Do this on Saturday and get community participation.

March 14 7:41 a.m.

The school children of this country are the innocent victims if America's inability to curb gun violence. They have more motivation and courage than most politicians and everyone who bows down at the alter of the NRA. They are showing true leadership and we should also follow their lead. They understand what a "well-regulated militia" encompasses which is not AR-15s in the hands of maniacs.

March 14 6:59 a.m.

Yes. Teaching students the right to exercise their freedom of speech starts when the students are ready, and that's now. If you try to ban that right, a lot of negative atmosphere could become the norm. The students are learning to become adults. This is an acceptable way of allowing them to grow in that direction.

March 14 5:52 a.m.

I Absolutely Support Peaceful Civil Action. This generation will finally bypass the NRA's poison influence and the nut-job ammosexuals who support it.

March 14 5:35 a.m.

Please for the sake of our children fire all of the liberal teachers. Shame on you BOCES.

March 13 11:47 p.m.

You want to put kids at risk because you don’t know how to handle being around guns? Go back to whatever country you’re from; it clearly is not America. Democraps!! Gun free school zone just opens an invite for a gun but let’s not think it through liberals!

March 13 11:31 p.m.

Kids who eat tide pods are now making laws? Democrats at their finest.

March 13 11:18 p.m.

NO! Stop teaching children to protest everything and focus on keeping them safe. I’m really getting frustrated with Democrats. They never have valid points and only cry over what doesn’t fit their agenda.

March 13 11:13 p.m.

If they want to honor them, do a period of silence at a designated time. They will walk out, but will they walk back in? Most are walking out just to get out of a class. Schools that allow it should be penalized by the state aid for that day! Complete BS!

March 13 10:42 p.m.

Four things come to mind: 1. The more it’s in the news the more the odds somebody else is going to do it; 2. Are they protesting guns? Hey, give me a break, I don’t own any guns. All I can think of is all the guns we have sold everybody throughout the world and how it seems like you can get one anytime you want. At least the people who shouldn’t have. So if I would like to get one to go hunting or maybe a woodchuck or too why should I be treated like a criminal: 3. What is being done about mental health in this country? Good question, many are roaming the streets; and 4. What are these kids doing after the walkout, playing Call of Duty or some other game that is full of killing and blood and guts. So if they are mourning the tragedy that happened, I say go for it. If they are protesting guns, well I say they have only picked part of the problem and need to look at all the causes. My limited knowledge of the Florida shooting was completed by someone that has mental issues. So Florida says let’s kill him. Did you miss it. He has mental issues. So let’s kill all of the mentally ill and that would solve the school shooting issues, right? Forest Gump’s Mamma says “You can’t fix stupid.” How true.

March 13 8:50 p.m.

If a student gets injured during this walk out, where do you draw the line where/when the school is responsible. Sounds like “a liberal can of worms.”

March 13 8:31 p.m.

Students should be in school to learn; let them express themselves outside school hours.

March 13 8:08 p.m.

Keep our kids safe with an armed officer and a metal detector.

March 13 7:46 p.m.

Does anyone else find it ironic that Massena is having an armed officer keep students safe while they are protesting gun control? We need to ARM a school official to keep the children safe! More gun control is not the answer here. The first place a gunman will go is where he knows he will not be retaliated against. Teachers are taking things way too far. You're in the wrong occupation if you think it's ok to force your beliefs on innocent children. Students in Ohio are allowed to participate in 3rd grade. That is asinine. Children need to enjoy being children, in a safe environment. We have metal detectors and armed officers in airports, lets get them in the schools. My children will not be participating in the walk-out, but rather in the walk-up! Please look it up. #walkupnotout

March 13 7:45 p.m.

These kids are exercising their rights. Parents, teachers, and other community members should be proud and supportive.

March 13 7:10 p.m.

As long as it is peaceful.

March 13 7:05 p.m.

I will be in ISS on Wednesday. Can I get out to demonstrate?

March 13 6:46 p.m.

For one day they are nice to others then it is right back to bullying. Just an excuse for over privileged bullies to pat themselves on the back. You want to honor those children lost, stand up to bullying everyday. Demand that mandated reporters do their jobs. Teach about mental health and remove the stigma. Teach bullies about consequences for their behaviors by making them face strong consequences instead of blaming the victim.

March 13 4:46 p.m.

These young adults are showing the world a solidarity that I believe we haven't seen in a long, long time. My hat off to them!

March 13 4:29 p.m.

It is time for a show of solidarity!

March 13 4:20 p.m.

One has nothing to do with the other.

March 13 4:06 p.m.

It is good for students to express their voices.

March 13 2:30 p.m.

I fully respect the rights for these students to exercise the first amendment, but in a demonstration to protest gun violence, and in particular the school shooting in Parkland, Fla., there must be a safer way to protest and show their unity other than standing out in front of a school building in the open and in a close group. I fear for the safety of the students in this instance.

March 13 2:27 p.m.

It is organized for safety and respecting the 17 students who lost their lives.

March 13 1:36 p.m.

There are other ways in which students can support others, this only takes away from educational time

March 13 1:31 p.m.

Massena superintendent states that police (with guns) will have a known presence to keep students safe while they protest gun rights. Ironic much?!

March 13 1:08 p.m.

It's about all they can do now. When they reach age 18, they can start voting politicians owned by the NRA out of office.

March 13 12:56 p.m.

Perhaps I'm just cynical, but I only see students taking advantage of an opportunity to miss most of a class period. Truancy is one of the most significant problems facing schools today. Of course they're going to walk out of class if given the green light. Furthermore, the majority of my students (yes, I'm a teacher) don't understand what the walkout is intended to represent.

March 13 12:12 p.m.

While I do support the cause it does become a slippery slope as in the future what if the students want to do a walkout to legalize marijuana, or to support the KKK. How can you stop those if you allow this one to go through unpunished. Free speech does not mean disrupting a school day where some might not want to take part in it and want to learn. If the kids feel strongly about it do it after school were you are not interrupting the school day. I bet you would not get nearly as many people to participate if they weren't getting the added benefit of missing class.

March 13 11:45 a.m.

The reason we are having these problems in schools is because we are raising little brats! So now we are going to let them just do what they want again. Who are the adults and who are the kids. If they want to protest, perfect, walk them right out the door to home school. If you want to learn stay and if you want to disrupt the rest ( LEAVE )! To many babies that are adults now, we don’t need more. Remember these are our teachers, helping them (teaching them?) to do this. No wonder our world is so screwed up! Kids get over yourselves, you will have plenty of time to impress other in the real world with your big people pants on in a few years!

March 13 11:27 a.m.

If they walk out, suspend them for a day.

March 13 11:26 a.m.

I don't believe most of these kids are doing it for more than a day off school. If they really want to make a statement I believe they should band together with their peers and take that day and go to Albany and confront their representatives. Make a true statement and have their voices truly heard. Walking out of school does nothing more than cost the school a few dollars, if that. It really depends on what time they walk out really...

March 13 11:15 a.m.

Thank you students for speaking out! If only all of us were as ready to stand up for doing something to reduce gun violence and deaths in our schools and our nation.

March 13 11:08 a.m.

Nothing but liberal talking points being presented. No realistic fixes will be discussed.

March 13 11:02 a.m.

No they need to be in classs, they are already out of class often. Would rather see them do an activity that addresses mental health and issues such as bullies.

March 13 10:58 a.m.

Yes! I love how communities all over the world would like to see change and are so supportive. If only something were to actually be done about it.

March 13 10:56 a.m.

I think it's good for students to become involved with issues that directly impact them. There will be a few do it just for the time out of class but I believe the majority are doing it for the right reason's.

March 13 10:42 a.m.

Marches and candlelight vigils do nothing to stop the acts of a few crazy people. Only good guys with guns stop bad guys with guns. Hire a couple retired law enforcement officers and the problem will be solved. I tell my kids not to shelter in place and become a victim like the schools teach. Herd them all of the back of the classroom to make them easier targets. Break the windows, get out and run.

March 13 10:05 a.m.

We have enough delicate butterflies and snowflakes on the college campuses of this country. HS administrators need to stop letting leftist agendas drive student activities. This is civil disobedience and in no way honors anyone.

March 13 9:58 a.m.

Do it in the gyms. Safer.

March 13 9:33 a.m.

If they want to be activist, they can do it on their own time!

March 13 9:33 a.m.

I support people of any age protesting, speaking out, and expressing their opinions. It's nice to see political engagement from today's youth.

March 13 9:28 a.m.

It would seem to me that if those students that were killed or severely injured due to such maniacal acts of violence could, they would go to school. Walkouts seem to be the opposite of what those innocent children died for. I can't believe that our local children can't find a much better way to "protest" and unite; a constructive way! It's time to quit following and start leading the wa

March 13 9:11 a.m.

This isn't about student safety, it's about gun rights orchestrated by the democrats. We should ban cars because of drunk drivers and cell phones because of texting and driving which also kills!

March 13 8:22 a.m.

Instead they should walk up to a student that has been bullied and/or isolated due to bullying. Walking out only causes more tension, and we need to stop the fighting and join together peacefully!

March 13 8:14 a.m.

If you are against people standing up for what the believe in the you are a snowflake.

March 13 8:10 a.m.

No, simply because students will not take it seriously and some will just be screwing off keep them in class where they belong.

March 13 8:07 a.m.

They have the same 1st Amendment rights as adults and should be able to express them in a non-violent, civil action.

March 13 7:43 a.m.

Emotionally devastated kids should never be used as a platform. Yes, they have a voice, but they are also kids who have a lack of accountability, passing blame, not listening, speaking over people, yelling, and still bullying each other. Let's not encourage the entitlement.

March 13 7:16 a.m.

I support their wish to exercise their freedom of speech, but walking out of school sends the wrong message. Either gather outside of school hours or, better, have an assembly inside the school with speakers, a time of silence or prayer for those lost. The problem with "walking out of school" is that many kids will walk out just to avoid being in school. It also appears to be a bit of the lunatics running the asylum when the school admin supports this type of thing. The admin. is supposed to be in charge, making the schedules, etc., not the children.

March 13 6:44 a.m.

At least they are getting involved. Much more than Trump is.

March 13 5:45 a.m.

The people are sick and tired of people exercising their constitutional rights while trying to take others rights away.

March 13 5:39 a.m.

No. Teachers complain they don't have enough time to do their jobs as it is. Students can exercise their rights when they turn 21 and vote.

March 13 2:48 a.m.

The only reasons the students want to do it is to get out of class.

March 12 10:12 p.m.

Someone's voice needs to be heard. Let our youth speak out. Gun rights are one thing but assault weapons must go now!

March 12 10:00 p.m.

Yes, assault (military weapons) do not belong in the hands of civilians!

March 12 8:21 p.m.

Reminds me of the childrens crusades in the middle ages.

March 12 8:10 p.m.

If they truly want to honor those killed in the massacre, do something besides walking out of the school... pathetic.

March 12 7:49 p.m.

They want to change the law to purchase firearms to 21 because people are to immature to make good decisions. So students should be considered too immature to make a case...

March 12 7:00 p.m.

This national movement is energizing young people to learn how our Government works and how they can make a difference. Bravo to them!

March 12 6:31 p.m.

Teach that is why they are there. Do your protesting on the weekends and don't waste my tax dollars on such nonsense.

March 12 5:40 p.m.

Only if they are to honor the students that were lost.

March 12 5:20 p.m.

Too dangerous, Try something positive

March 12 4:04 p.m.

Walking out of school and disrupting the school day, is not supporting anything or anyone except themselves.

March 12 3:56 p.m.

I will be wearing orange in support of all children on Wednesday.

March 12 3:46 p.m.

Not walk off campus, but they should be able to call for an assembly to air grievances.

March 12 3:42 p.m.

No... students are there (school) to learn... whats next how many more planned walk out days?

March 12 3:31 p.m.

Just a way for them to get out of classes.

March 12 3:09 p.m.

Walking out puts them in danger. Educate the students on how to be responsible, caring human beings and maybe we wouldn't have these problems.

March 12 3:04 p.m.

No, I do not support student walk outs related to the recent massacre. These walk outs will not make any schools or students safer. If these students really want to honor those lost in FL, there are other ways to do it outside of walking out of school. This whole nationwide walk out is all part of a bigger agenda that is being hyped up by the media, but not in an effort to make schools safer. Rather, the tragedy is being used for an agenda to erode constitutional rights, all the while pushing a lie that it will make everyone safer. While I admire the heart of these students, I believe they are being mislead in what they are being told. The promise of more school safety at the cost of more gun restrictions, regulations and legislation will not make any schools safer. The very definition of a criminal is someone who breaks crime(s). So any further restrictions will only apply to those who don't want to break the law, the very same who are not a threat to others. If these students do walk out of class, they should be held accountable as any other student would for walking out of class. If the schools allow this, they are opening a door they cannot shut and have to afford the same treatment and allowance to any other group of students wanting to walk out of class for a cause or issue.

March 12 3:01 p.m.

Someone needs to take the initiative! The adults in charge don't seem to take charge.

March 12 2:25 p.m.

I wholehearted support them -- way to go!!!

March 12 2:21 p.m.

I absolutely support students, staff, and faculty at schools staging walk outs over this issue. It's outrageous that a small group of NRA gun nuts are putting their interests above the lives of children who are not able to vote and are required to be at school.

March 12 2:09 p.m.

Will these students be punished with and extra day of school? This "walkout" is not a legal excuse to miss class.

March 12 2:01 p.m.

Once again, common god given sense is losing the battle to libtarded socialism! It's simple, but I will talk slow so you commies get it. It says right in the bible (John:AR:15) that guns are a right available to all white Christian heterosexual men! Cut and paste, it's that simple. Students should stay in school and let growed-ups do the thinkin. Trump!

March 12 1:51 p.m.

As long as there is no outside envolvement or money. Let the kids have a fun day.

March 12 1:49 p.m.

I think it just excuse for them to skip class, also how dumb is it to put all the kids in one area and if this in nationwide you know there some crazy person waiting for his turn to be in the spot light.

March 12 12:24 p.m.

That is the problem with society today. No adherence to any norms. It really is no surprise when you have an imbecile for a president.

March 12 12:04 p.m.

Tax money is use to educate these kids not protest during school hours, if they wanted to do it on Saturday or Sunday that would be fine, then its their time.

March 12 11:58 a.m.

Absolutely not. They're not accomplishing anything other than being disruptive.

March 12 11:57 a.m.

Kids are meant to be seen not heard and I don't need advice from a generation that's eats Tide Pods, telling people what needs to be done.

March 12 11:44 a.m.

They have no idea what they are doing or why they are doing it, they need to be told the real story about how guns protect people and to save our rights and get rit of all the Dems that support taking away our rights as Americans go trump.

March 12 11:39 a.m.

Since it is kids their age or younger being harmed, yes they have a right to speak up. Kids today no longer live in the world we did growing up. We never heard of kids in school, people at church or outdoor events being shot at. The drunks on the road were/are a bother but they could not get in school and run us kids down. I wonder if we had had a walkout or something like it when we lost a classmate to a drunk driver if we could have put pressure on the powers that be to make drunk driver laws better. I like to see them take it one step more… send a letter to your congressman and let them know in a civil way that you want them to do something, that's why they were voted in. You are the future and you have the right to think those in power are going to do what they can to keep you safe.

March 12 11:27 a.m.

While I understand why they want to do this, it still doesn't really make any sense. Sure they are showing remembrance of those students, but being in school is not for walk-outs or sit-ins, that's part of what is wrong with this country.

March 12 11:19 a.m.

Yes, students retain their 1st Amendment rights and should be allowed to do so. That said, districts also can hold students to rules and discipline them for breaking them. Part of bravery is accepting the consequences.

March 12 11:16 a.m.

I support, as long as it is well planned and a one-time thing. and not just another way of getting out of school for another day.

March 12 11:08 a.m.

Good excuse to get out of class.

March 12 11:03 a.m.

We teach the children about peaceful protesting and their rights to do so. We should support these efforts.

March 12 11:01 a.m.

Kids today are the problem, they need to understand the facts, there is only 2 genders, not everyone is a winner, respect their parents, teachers and elders. Only idiots eat laundry soap, you can’t blame any gun for a mass shooting, guns don’t do anything without a human or machine making them, best way to stop a bully it’s to kick his a$$. Walking out of school because your feelings are hurt, bull! Sit down, man up. This generation is the weakest by far, put down your sell phones and go outside and live.

March 12 10:57 a.m.

Students are minors, and therefore are there only for educational purposes. If political action is involved, as in this case, it should not be a day where the Federal/State governments pay the educational aid.

March 12 10:51 a.m.

What does this prove or do? Nothing...

March 12 10:42 a.m.

Walking out does not honor anyone! Have a candle light service after school with prayer.

March 12 10:34 a.m.

They should be standing up for mental health care not gun control if they walk out one more day should be added on to schedule. As a taxpayer they should not do this maybe a moment of silence if they can put their phone down for that long. This generation is a joke they think they know it all, guns dont kill people kill this kid was mentally disturbed thats the issue, also they should give this kid the death penatly,

March 12 10:31 a.m.

Yes to the support of them for a memorial. But if they go and turn it into a anti 2nd amendment protest against guns then NO. They should be looking into the causes of this extreme violence these kids find it so easy to fall into now a days as a way to make a statement, deal with their problems. Feel only the kids know what is causing this. Not the adults whom often have their own agendas to promote.

March 12 10:05 a.m.

Why not give them a snow day, they don’t want to stay in school and learn anything anymore. Just another stunt to get out of school.

March 12 10:02 a.m.

It’s mostly kids fault for this due to bullying. In all cases the shooter had been bullied in school. Students fix this problem and stay in school Wednesday.

March 12 10:01 a.m.

But I fear they are making themselves targets.

March 12 9:40 a.m.

Yes absolutely. People need to take real action, otherwise nothing will get done to change the current situation regarding guns.

March 12 9:39 a.m.

All these young people are expressing their views and some day they will change the laws that our representatives do not have the guts to do!

March 12 9:34 a.m.

They are putting themselves in a dangerous situation announcing the walk out.

March 12 9:26 a.m.

While I respect their right to free speech (have they earned it served in military/plan to serve) I also respect school is their job. If any "adult” walked out of their job to protest something there is consequences to the actions. I hope being an educational facility they educate our youth that walking out is not an acceptable form of free speech and they are disciplined accordingly. It is called being an adult, your actions have a consequence if they were serious about making a change do some research and offer to the board solutions to fix the issue. The first being making schools soft targets. Anyone that has served realizes the easiest target for a terror attack is one that can not protect themselves or a location that is isolated. Lets face it, schools gun free and locked once classes are in session is the definition of a "soft target" lets start employing vets or retired law enforcement that have been certified by the local police departments then post that the schools are guarded by these trained personnel make our schools safe by not making them soft.

March 12 9:23 a.m.

By doing that they are giving the shooter more fame than the jerk deserves. These students don't know what they are even fighting for. This is the teachers pushing the kids once again to fight for the teachers agenda. Grow up. If it weren't for the teachers union, we would have more competent people teaching our children.

March 12 9:14 a.m.

Things will never change unless parents get more involved with their kids and hold them accountable for bullying their peers. Kids need to learn respect at home and that's not happening in this country but nobody wants to put the blame where it is, they just want to go after the guns.

March 12 9:11 a.m.

Baby boomers act like this is the first generation to protest in school. It's hilarious watching them cry about their 2nd amendment rights while denying these kids their 1st ones! What about the kids who protested the Vietnam war in the 1960s? Was their protesting a waste of time? Or was it important and generation defining? Seventeen minutes of silence for the victims of the Parkland shooting is not enough to disrupt the class for the day, let's get a grip here. There were far more useless assemblies and things that I missed class for!

March 12 9:06 a.m.

Why aren't people focusing on the real cause of this massacre -- the fact that at least 3 law enforcement agencies all dropped the ball -- and the school's resource officer stayed outside playing chicken! There were enough red flags here as a call for help, but no one cared enough to get involved. All the "resource officers" and guns in teachers desks won't fix the problem, especially if the FBI and local agencies just pass threats off. It isn't a gun control problem, its a law enforcement problem -- sorry, but it stinks all the way to NY!

March 12 9:01 a.m.

If you wish to support those students do so by recognizing the outsiders among us. The children that are bullied, pushed aside, sitting alone. that would be a way to honor Parkland.

March 12 8:44 a.m.

The students have a right to protest, but 15- to 17-year-old children do not have the mental capacity to understand what they are protesting. When I was 15 I would have walked out of class just to get out of class. This lunacy of children thinking they know how to deter school shootings is just absurd. Are they protesting the shooter that committed the act? Are they protesting the tool used to commit the act because their liberal parents told them guns are evil. Do you support student walk out related to the massacre?" Tell me what they are protesting and maybe we could make an informed answer.

March 12 8:35 a.m.

It's sad to see high school kids manipulated like this by liberal adults with zero moral compass, but other than that this is not a big deal.

March 12 8:29 a.m.

Absolutely! The NRA will not silence these kids. Just like when we were kids and protested the killing fields of South East Asia and the election trickery of Nixon. Go kids! Vote kids!

March 12 8:28 a.m.

It surprises me that every school is not participating in these walk-outs and giving honor to the students who were murdered and injured. This is the time of their lives that they should be finding things in life that really matter and standing up for it, else they will have a very wishy-washy existence!

March 12 8:12 a.m.

Idiot liberal teachers are making kids think they can riot all the time real life doesn't work like that

March 12 8:04 a.m.

It is good for students to engage. It is good for them to understand social issues and form opinions and take actions... the students are forcing dialogue that our elected officials have been afraid of. The students are not owned private interests or silenced by demagoguery.

March 12 7:57 a.m.

I support it, but I'm not sure how much it's going to prevent future violence.

March 12 7:54 a.m.

Arm the teachers or have one door for in and out travel and an armed guard stationed there.

March 12 7:53 a.m.

is this what my oversized school tax bill is paying for???

March 12 7:50 a.m.

Students wishing to peacefully assemble should have that right. Students NOT wishing to participate should have the right to remain in class, and not be subject to ridicule and embarrassment for doing so. I presume the teachers will remain in their classrooms and not be participating in the "students'" walkout. Teachers can do their protesting on their own time. Unfortunately, for many students, this is just an excuse for getting out of class.

March 12 7:46 a.m.

I support single moms.

March 12 7:33 a.m.